Mac Admins Flashcast Special: The #iamroot Situation

Synopsis:

Mike Lynn of Facebook and Rich Trouton join the pod’s very first Flashcast to talk about the #iamroot situation, a serious privilege escalation in Mac 10.13.0 – 10.13.2 beta 5 that allows password-free access to the root account. Solutions are discussed, as well as mitigation strategies for situations like this in the future.

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Links & Notes

The Tweet That Started It All

Blocking logins to the root account on macOS High Sierra

Developer Forums Post from 13 November 2017 Describing This Behavior

Pycreateuserpkg from Greg Neagle

Apple KBase, updated 28 November 2017: How to enable the root user on your Mac or change your root password

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Episode 60: KRACK Squad with Heather Williams

Synopsis:

Heather Williams of Ruckus Wireless’ Global Field Enablement Team joins the pod to talk about Wi-Fi security in the wake of the KRACK attack.

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Links & Notes

Keep Calm and Wi-Fi On: A Common Sense Approach to an Uncommon Problem

Explaining KRACK: A Critical Attack Affecting A Wi-Fi Security Protocol

2017 Wi-Fi Trek: Session 8 – Heather Williams (Taking Blackhat Wireless)

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Conference Sites


Mac AD UK in Leicester Square, February 20-21, 2018
Brainstorm Wisconsin March 4-6, 2018
Brainstorm Sandusky May 6-8, 2018
MacDevOps YVR in Vancouver, June 2018

Early bird for JNUC 2018

Meetups

Northeast Regional Apple Admins will meet on December 7th at the East Providence Public Library from 5:30 to 7:30pm.

Mac Admin Monthly, December 12th 4:30pm at Google in New York

Atlanta Apple Admins, December 21st 6:00pm at Brass Tap in Atlanta

Denver Mac Admins Meetup on January 11th 2018 in Centennial, CO at Rewind Technology

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Episode 59: Personalizing the Install Process with François Levaux-Tiffreau

Synopsis:

François Levaux-Tiffreau joins the Pod to talk about SplashBuddy, being an open source contributor, and what it’s like consulting at the Enterprise level.

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  • Pepijn Bruienne, R&D Engineer at Duo Security [@bruienne], Proprietor of EnterpriseMac.Bruienne.com
  • Tom Bridge, Partner at Technolutionary LLC [@tbridge]
  • Charles Edge
  • Dr. Emily Kausalik, Systems Engineer, The Home Depot [@emilyooo]
  • Charles Edge, Director of Professional Services, Jamf Software [@cedge318]

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  • François Levaux-Tiffreau, Senior Apple Consultant at Amaris [@ftiff]

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Links & Notes

SplashBuddy
Culture First Onboarding
Jamf And…
Travis CI, Customizing the Build

THE BEST INFOSEC COMPANY IN THE WORLD (so they say) have supposedly broken Face ID

Putting iPhone X to the Twin Test

No, Apple doesn’t give away your Face ID data to 3rd party apps

MDM and the Kextpocalypse
Kextpocalypse 2: The Remediation
User Approved MDM, SimpleMDM

iOS 11.1.1 fixes autocorrect issue, much fun was poked at Apple

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Conference Sites


Mac AD UK in Leicester Square, February 20-21, 2018
MacDevOps YVR in Vancouver, June 8-9, 2018

Meetups

Macbrained YVR on November 23rd at Hootsuite

Franken Macadmins meetup on November 22nd at 6:30pm at Grüner Brauhaus Fürth at Theresienstrasse Ein, in Fürth, Germany. For more information, visit #franken-macadmins on the Mac Admins Slack.

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Episode 58: It’s Raining Shoes

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The hosts get together to talk news & notes, including User-Accepted Mobile Device Managers, and more.

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New UAKEL in 10.13.2 betas: Radar 1 Radar 2

Currently would prevent those devices added by, say, a QuickAdd in Jamf Pro, from being opted into SKEL environments. Has to be either a DEP device enrollment, or a user-permitted onboarding NOT via package, but by accepted Profile.
If you use both Jamf Pro QuickAdd AND Kernel Extensions, there is a bug to dupe because you may be affected.

Also new UAMDM

DEP will imply user acceptance
Any other method of enrolling a Mac will prompt end user for approval

Apple to allow Apple IDs with third part email addresses to migrate to icloud, .mac, .me

AppleTV 4K beta change for resolution independence

End of Adobe + Dolby Licensing changes availability of some CC products

APFS Snapshots done at Software Updates

APFS snapshots can be restored in normal macOS 10.13 environment. Time Machine System Restore app is on the recovery partition.

HomeKit support for IKEA smart lighting

Open Tradfri on Github

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Conference Sites


MacTech Conference in Los Angeles, CA on November 15-17 2017
Mac AD UK in Leicester Square, February 20-21, 2018
MacDevOps YVR in Vancouver, June 8-9, 2018

Meetups

Jamf User Group New York City will meet on Tuesday 11/14 at 4:30pm

Utah Mac Admins will meet Wednesday 11/15 at 11am at the Marriott Library at the University of Utah.

Atlanta Apple Admins on Thursday 11/16 at 6pm at SalesLoft

Macbrained YVR on November 22nd at Hootsuite

Franken Macadmins meetup on November 22nd at 6:30pm at Grüner Brauhaus Fürth at Theresienstrasse Ein, in Fürth, Germany. For more information, visit #franken-macadmins on the Mac Admins Slack.

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